Spa Treatments You Could Eat

4 Beauty Rituals That Make You Feel Like You’re on the Menu

I’m a fan of any therapy that involves eating chocolate, but what about beauty rituals that include immersing yourself in the rich, yummy stuff? Or soaking yourself in sake? Or getting rubbed down with tequila? Or slathered in caviar?
 
All of these food and drink based therapies are for real and may be offered at a spa near you. To discover what it feels like to be a delicious dessert or a tantalizing cocktail while simultaneously beautifying yourself, read on.
 
Chocolate therapy.
The Spa at Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, specializes in all kinds of scrumptious treatments, including a whipped cocoa bath, a Peppermint Pattie body treatment, and a chocolate bean polish.
 
The Chocolate Spa is part of the Hershey Resort, which is near Hersheypark, a theme park filled with rides, attractions, and, of course, chocolate treats. So send the family off to the park and indulge in a day of chocolate-based relaxation and beautification at the spa.
 
Good science? Surprisingly, yes. The fats in cacao beans (the source of chocolate) are moisturizing for the skin, the beans are loaded with antioxidants (more than even goji berries or blueberries) that fight free radicals, and the fragrance is a well-recognized mood booster.
 
Caviar facial.
I envisioned a person covered in globs of shiny black fish eggs, but caviar facials use a caviar cream, not whole fish roe. These treatments can be found at high-end spas such as the Spa Montage at the Montage resort in Laguna Beach, CA, and the La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New York City.
 
These luxury facials, which claim that the protein-rich cream will make your skin more luminous, firmer, and better hydrated are pricey, not least of all because premium Russian or Iranian caviar sells for $250 an ounce or more.
 
Good science? Maybe not. First of all, protein molecules are large and not easily absorbed by the skin—that’s why products like JAFRA Royal Jelly Global Longevity Balm and Global Longevity Crème are formulated with peptides rather than proteins. Peptides are smaller bits of protein molecules that are better able to penetrate deeper into the skin to rejuvenate it. Second, quality caviar is harvested from the critically endangered sturgeon fish, so caviar isn’t a good choice for beauty enthusiasts who want to follow sustainable, ethical, cruelty-free practices.
 
Tequila massage.
Created at the Apuane Spa at the Punta Mita Four Seasons on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico, the spa’s two tequila massages use the local beverage mixed with sage oil as a therapeutic rub. One of the signature massages also features the application of the edible cactus pads known as nopal for detox and hydration.
 
Because of the high alcohol content in tequila, it cools the skin, which is pleasant in the Pacific resort’s warm temperatures.
 
Good science? Yes. There’s a long tradition of using rubbing alcohol (the undrinkable isopropyl alcohol) for massage to reduce inflammation and soreness and tequila’s alcohol (the very drinkable ethyl alcohol) has the same effect. Alcohol cleanses the skin of bacteria as well, but it can be drying, which is why it’s used along with massage oil at the Apuane Spa. Adding a few drops of sage oil gives the blend an antioxidant boost.  
 
Sake bath.
As you might expect, therapeutic bathing in Japanese rice wine is more common on spa menus in Japan, but you can find places outside of Asia that offer it, including the Shibui Spa at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City.
 
Probably the most famous location for sake soaks is Japan’s Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs and Amusement Park and Spa Resort, where you can also experience coffee, green-tea, and red-wine baths in the natural hot springs. (The spa also boasts “doctor fish” foot baths, where fish nibble away your dead skin, if you literally want to be on the menu.)
 
Good science? Yes. Sake contains kojic acid, which you may recognize as an ingredient in creams and lotions that promise to brighten skin. The natural acid diminishes discoloration brought on by too much sun, so it does help to refresh and rejuvenate your skin. So this is one drink that’s probably more beneficial to you on the outside than the inside.
 
One word of warning: Don’t go into a hot bath after drinking alcohol. It can lead to a sudden drop in blood pressure and you could lose consciousness.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Brow Shaping

Tips for achieving perfect face-framing eyebrows

We’re in the thick of a full eyebrow trend! Everyone has been growing them out from Gwen Stefani to Beyonce, JLO and Adele—and the results are beautiful. Sure trends go in cycles, and this cycle is about fuller brows that look modern, create a more youthful look and require a lot less plucking. Well-shaped full brows are a standout beauty asset as they frame the eyes and draw attention to the face.  

Whether your brows are thick or thin, ultimately it’s important that their shape and maintenance compliment your features. Untamed or poorly shaped brows can be an unpleasant distraction to our looks and influence the way others read our facial expressions.

Eyebrow Don’ts

The problem with skinny, over-plucked brows is that the look can be harsh or edgy. They draw attention to lines and creases around the eyes. Brows plucked into unnatural half circles - usually intended to make eyes look larger, actually result in what are often called “surprise” eyebrows. Brows that arch upwards at the ends give the impression of “angry” eyes. Set too far apart they make the nose seem larger. When the ends swing downward, eyes look droopy. Brows that stop short and don’t extend to the outer edge of the eye, make eyes appear smaller. Untamed brows or brows that are densely filled in with product are also highly distractive. And pale, sparse brows which have no color, keep a face from standing out.

Eyebrow Do’s

Modern full brows with a natural arch not only draw positive attention to eyes, they also lessen the need for eye makeup. To grow your brows out, hide your tweezers for at least three months before you do any shaping. Then only remove the hairs necessary to open the outer arch of the brow and any strays that appear between them. Brows are such an important face asset that if you don’t find handling tweezers easy, seek out a professional to shape your brows for you once you’ve grown them out. That way it will be easier to maintain them on your own. Just be sure to bring photos of the look you are going for to get the best results.
 

After-Summer Skincare: See Spot Run!

How to treat dark spots and get a more evened skin tone

Many of us had a fun summer with amazing memories; and maybe even some sweet souvenirs from days at the beach or vacation. However, some not-so-sweet souvenirs you might still have are new dark spots on your face from your fun in the sun. Now that fall has arrived, here are some tips to refresh your post-summer skin for a smoother, more even complexion.

Be Patient

This might not be what we want to hear, but treating dark spots takes time and a consistent regimen. Start by regularly using a retinol serum at night to exfoliate the top layer of your skin. A retinol will help boost skin cell turnover as well, but, again this will take a few weeks before you start to see results.

Treat Your Whole Face

Spot treating imperfections is good; however you also need to treat your entire face so you look brighter and more radiant. During the day, apply a product that contains Vitamin C; this powerful antioxidant helps to neutralize free radicals that can age you and helps to brighten your skin. For a 1-2 punch, look for a product that also contains ingredients that help to minimize the appearance of visible spots, such as JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Vitamin Infusions Spot Serum with Vitamin C.

Protect, Protect, Protect

Using a high-level SPF on a daily basis is very important, especially if you are using retinol products (which can make your skin more sensitive to the effects of the sun). After you apply your Vitamin C serum, apply your SPF to not only defend against the sun, but to prevent additional spots from forming. 

Under-Eye S.O.S

Save yourself from puffy eye embarrassment!

The skin beneath our eyes, (also known as the under eye area) is one of the first features to show the signs of aging: wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles to name a few. While we can hide behind sunglasses outside, the truth is revealed once we take them off inside. Here are some tips to get younger-looking, vibrant eyes everyday:

Check your lifestyle

The first step to younger looking eyes is to make a few lifestyle changes, and the first is to limit the amount of salt in your diet (which can puff you up and dehydrate you) and increase your water intake. Alcohol can also contribute to puffiness and can interfere with much needed beauty sleep as well. Speaking of sleep, try using two pillows at night to elevate your face, which helps reduce puffy eyes because it limits fluid build-up in your lower lids.

Treat wrinkles at night

Under-eye wrinkles and crepey skin are some of the biggest contributors to looking older and tired. Treat these at night with an eye concentrate that deeply moisturizes the delicate skin under your eyes like JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Eye Concentrate Capsules.

Awaken, de-puff and smooth in the morning

Upon awaking, place cold spoons under your eyes (you can use ice cubes as well) to help revive your eyes and reduce any swelling. Follow with an eye cream that will smooth, firm and brighten not only under your eyes, but crow’s feet as well (and prep the area for makeup). One to try is JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Global Longevity Eye Crème - a multitasking anti-aging eye crème that combines their exclusive RoyalActive Peptide with proven anti-aging ingredients to give your eyes a more youthful appearance. 

Create illusions with makeup

Once your eyes are prepped for makeup, choose a creamy concealer with yellow undertones to help camouflage dark circles. Next, avoid dark colors on your eyelid, and instead opt for nude or champagne tones to open up your eyes and draw the focus upwards, away from your under eye area.
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